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English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations for Grades 6–8. Considerations for Middle School (Grades 6–8) . Reading level Contexts Item Difficulty Assessment Targets. Style Guide. Reading Level. Increasingly complex text, independence and proficiency

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English language arts grade level considerations for grades 6 8

English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations for Grades 6–8


Considerations for middle school grades 6 8

Considerations for Middle School (Grades 6–8)

  • Reading level

  • Contexts

  • Item Difficulty

  • Assessment Targets


Style guide

Style Guide


Reading level

Reading Level

  • Increasingly complex text, independence and proficiency

  • Claim 1 (Reading) and 3 (Speaking and Listening) passages range from being above, at, or below grade level

  • For claim 2 (Writing) and 4 (Research) the passages one grade below the assessed grade


Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Use language that is clear and vocabulary that is at or below the assessed grade level

Appropriate to middle school students

Vocabulary measured in context must be at least two levels above grade


Middle school context

Middle School Context

  • Appropriate

    • historical figures and events

    • space exploration

    • school community

    • robots

  • Inappropriate

    • fear of dentists

    • philosophy

    • constitutional construction

    • driving

    • voting

    • work


Item difficulty

Item Difficulty

  • Items should include a range of difficulty

  • Anticipated difficulty for sample items


Smarter balanced english language arts claims and assessment targets

Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Claims and Assessment Targets

  • Claim 1: Reading

  • Claim 2: Writing

  • Claim 3: Speaking & Listening

  • Claim 4: Research


Middle school claim 1 reading

Middle School Claim 1: Reading

Students can read closely and analyticallyto comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.

Selected Response, ConstructedResponse, and Technology-Enhanced Items

45% Literary texts: stories, poems, plays/drama, myths, mysteries, science fiction, historical fiction

55% Informational texts: literary nonfiction, historical documents, scientific articles, technical texts


Middle school claim 2 writing

Middle School Claim 2: Writing

Students can produce effective and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.

  • Selected Response, ConstructedResponse, Technology-Enhanced Items and Performance Tasks

  • Middle School Claim 2 Performance Tasks include:

    • Narrative writing

    • Informational/explanatory writing

    • Argumentative writing


Middle school claim 3 speaking listening

Middle School Claim 3: Speaking & Listening

Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.

  • Selected Response, ConstructedResponse, or Technology-Enhanced Items

  • Middle School Performance Tasks

    • Oral presentations


Middle school claim 4 research

Middle School Claim 4: Research

Students can engage in research / inquiry to investigate topics, and to analyze, integrate, and present information.

Selected Response, ConstructedResponse,and Technology-Enhanced Items

Performance Tasks

Real world sources

Multiple sources


Middle school english language arts grade level considerations

Middle School English Language ArtsGrade Level Considerations

Vocabulary, style, context, and item difficulty

Claims and assessment targets from the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications


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